Seasonal Comparisons for Everton Matches, 2005-06

Steve Flanagan continues an old Everton Tradition from
the Matchday Programme of the 1960s, comparing
this season's points and attendances with last season, by opponent

 Season Comparison, 2004-05 Season Comparison, 2006-07 

Everton failed to finish in the Premiership top ten in back-to-back seasons. But they did finish with a club record of the lowest ever number of League goals scored in a season.  So, it would be safe to say that this season was nowhere near the highs of last season.  However, in this final installment of our regular seasonal comparisons, how did we actually fare overall?

The table below shows that Everton’s home form has caused the most problems, with Everton losing a massive ten points in comparison to last season, whilst the away form was on par.

 

 

 

Current Season

Last Season

Comparison

 

Opponents

 

Pts

Att

Agg Pts

Agg Att

Pts

Att

Agg Pts

Agg Att

Pts Diff

Att Diff

1

Manchester United

H

0

38,610

0

38,610

3

37,160

3

37,160

–3

+1,450

2

Bolton Wanderers

A

3

25,608

3

64,218

0

27,701

3

64,861

–

–643

3

Fulham

A

0

17,169

3

81,387

0

21,881

3

86,742

–

–5,355

4

Portsmouth

H

0

36,831

3

118,218

3

35,480

6

122,222

–3

–4,004

5

Arsenal

A

0

38,121

3

156,339

0

38,073

6

160,295

–3

–3,956

6

Wigan Athletic

H

0

37,189

3

193,528

3

37,485

9

197,780

–6

–4,252

7

Manchester City

A

0

42,681

3

236,209

3

47,006

12

244,786

–9

–8,577

8

Tottenham Hotspur

A

0

36,247

3

272,456

0

36,102

12

280,888

–9

–8,432

9

Chelsea

H

1

36,042

4

308,498

0

40,270

12

321,158

–8

–12,660

10

Birmingham City

A

3

26,554

7

335,052

3

28,388

15

349,546

–8

–14,494

11

Middlesbrough

H

3

34,349

10

369,401

3

34,078

18

383,624

–8

–14,223

12

West Bromwich Albion

A

0

24,784

10

394,185

0

26,805

18

410,429

–8

–16,244

13

Newcastle United

H

3

36,207

13

430,392

3

40,438

21

450,867

–8

–20,475

14

Blackburn Rovers

A

3

22,064

16

452,456

1

25,191

22

476,058

–6

–23,602

15

Manchester United

A

1

67,831

17

520,287

1

67,803

23

543,861

–6

–23,574

16

West Ham United

H

0

35,074

17

555,361

3

35,256

26

579,117

–9

–23,756

17

Bolton Wanderers

H

0

34,500

17

589,861

3

35,929

29

615,046

–12

–25,185

18

Aston Villa

A

0

32,342

17

622,203

3

40,248

32

655,294

–15

–33,091

19

Liverpool

H

0

40,158

17

662,361

3

40,552

35

695,846

–18

–33,485

20

Sunderland

A

3

30,576

20

692,937

3

23,666

38

719,512

–18

–26,575

21

Charlton Athletic

H

3

34,333

23

727,270

0

36,041

38

755,553

–15

–28,283

22

Portsmouth

A

3

20,094

26

747,364

3

20,125

41

775,675

–15

–28,314

23

Arsenal

H

3

36,920

29

784,284

0

35,241

41

810,919

–12

–26,635

24

Wigan Athletic

A

1

21,731

30

806,015

3

23,871

44

834,790

–14

–28,775

25

Manchester City

H

3

37,827

33

843,842

3

40,530

47

875,320

–14

–31,478

26

Blackburn Rovers

H

3

35,615

36

879,457

0

32,406

47

907,726

–11

–28,269

27

Newcastle United

A

0

51,916

36

931,373

1

51,247

48

958,973

–12

–27,600

28

West Ham United

A

1

34,866

37

966,239

1

31,509

49

990,482

–12

–24,243

29

Fulham

H

3

36,515

40

1,002,754

3

34,763

52

1,025,245

–12

–22,491

30

Aston Villa

H

3

36,507

43

1,039,261

1

37,816

53

1,063,061

–10

–23,800

31

Liverpool

A

0

44,923

43

1,084,184

0

44,224

53

1,107,285

–10

–23,101

32

Sunderland

H

1

38,093

44

1,122,277

3

36,519

56

1,143,804

–12

–21,527

33

Charlton Athletic

A

1

26,954

45

1,149,231

0

27,001

56

1,170,805

–11

–21,574

34

Tottenham Hotspur

H

0

39,856

45

1,189,087

0

38,264

56

1,209,069

–11

–19,982

35

Chelsea

A

0

41,765

45

1,230,852

0

41,965

56

1,251,034

–11

–20,182

36

Birmingham City

H

1

35,420

46

1,266,272

1

36,828

57

1,287,862

–11

–21,590

37

Middlesbrough

A

3

29,224

49

1,295,496

1

31,794

58

1,319,656

–9

–24,160

38

West Bromwich Albion

H

1

39,671

50

1,335,167

3

34,510

61

1,354,166

–11

–18,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H

28

699,663

 

 

38

699,566

 

 

–10

+151

 

 

A

22

635,450

 

 

23

654,600

 

 

–1

–19,150

(Note: Results against Sunderland are compared to the results against Crystal Palace.  The results of Wigan Athletic are compared to those of Norwich City, and the results of West Ham United are compared against Southampton.)

An interesting statistic from the above table is that, at the end of the season, Everton’s home attendance was 151 people more than last season, surely a true indication that Everton fans are some of the most loyal in football.

We can also analyse the figures further and see what has happened results-wise as well:

 

Result This season

Comparative result from

Last season

 

Occurrences this season

 

Points won/lost

 

 

Win

Win

Draw

Loss

7

3

4

–

+6

+12

 

Draw

Win

Draw

Loss

3

3

2

–6

–

+2

 

Loss

Win

Draw

Loss

8

1

7

–24

–1

–

It is apparent from this table were we have slipped up this year, as it can be seen that we have dropped a massive 24 points from games that were won last season, but have been lost this season.  However, this has been tempered somewhat by the fact that now we have won 4 games this season, that were defeats last season.

Whilst Everton were 11 points worse off than last season, they have finished 11 points better off than the 2003-04 season when Everton finished in 17th place, so 11th place is about right when comparing the respective points totals and finishing positions from the last two seasons.

Also, comparing this season to the 2003-04 season, we can see just how much Everton’s home form has affected this season’s campaign.  The 2005-06 season saw Everton finish one point worse off than the 2003-04 season, however, it has been our away form this season that has been our saving grace, with Everton amassing 12 more points this season than in 2003-04!

But how would the past two seasons have compared in comparison to the final table this season?  In 2003-04, Everton finished in 17th place on 39 points – which would have put Everton in 16th place this season just above Portsmouth.  In 2004-05, Everton finished in 4th place with 61 points, which, this season was only good enough for 7th place!  Is the division between the top 3 teams and the rest getting bigger?  It would appear so…

Steve Flanagan
10 May 2006

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